Jannie Balliett
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Austin, Texas
About Me:
I call Austin- Central Texas home, but have lived in North and East Texas, (never made it to South and West ) preferring the piney woods of East Texas life, which I plan to someday retire.

I run a writers workshop for the new and intermediate writer most days, but leave alot of workload to my assistant when I'm stretched thin. Freelance editor for my editorial service, (wish it was for a publisher or magazine) and a free-lance writer still building credentials while beginning a professional writing career.

Member of Sisters In Crime, The Short Mystery Fiction Society, Brazos Writers Group, and other affiliations.

Some short stories, poetry, and flash fiction, are published in The Writers Post Journal magazine and scattered elsewhere, and Whim's Place first anthology, ON A WHIM, offered by Barnes & Nobles and Amazon in 2008.

My current MIP is a paranormal crime thriller, LEAVE A WHISPER with another one in the back of freezer, marinating, where it remains until ready to be thawed. (which might take awhile--it's been there off & on twenty years) My MIP is earmarked as a series for the team, Detective Meadows and forensic psychic Toni Taft, to continue their efforts together catching the serial killers that prey on women.

I'm owned by a two year old Boxer named Roxxie. She is my soulmate. I've noticed so many people on Crimespace have cats, and a few in another class like me, have dogs. Please join in on Peta's effort to end cruel testing on animals. Take a moment over a cup of morning coffee and go to these sites. The "getactive" site has a wonderful built-in email letter system with one click to send a letter protesting Iam's. Let's all do our part and help save animals from this inhumane cruelty!

Tell Iams You Won't Buy
While Animals Die!




I Am A:
Writer, Editor
Books And Authors I Like:
"Watchers" by Dean R. Koontz, years ago, somehow inspired me to pickup my writing again and become serious. Koontz has a way of bringing his characters alive and entwining his readers in the their lives and that impressed my impressional mind. I was reading Stephen King, but Koontz has better characterization, so I've abandoned the King.

"The Architech" by Keith Ablow, a six-time best selling author, and leading forensic psychologist who now has his own tv show. I have had the honor of corresponding with him about my own book.

I love reading all the wonderful crime and mystery authors I've had the pleasure of associating with through Sisters In Crime and The Short Mystery Fiction Society. There are too many to name, but I applaud you.
Movies And TV Shows I Like:
My not-to-miss television shows include the three CSI shows and the three Law & Order shows. I love Criminal Minds, Numbers, Shark, 24 and The Unit. Rains is up and coming and not bad. (does anyone get the impression all I do is watch tv and never write? Answer: Wrong! I don't get much sleep ;) On another note, I enjoy the Dresden Files and John Doe. The humorous side of me, loves Yes, Dear, King of Queens, and Everybody Loves Raymond, and let's not forget, re-runs of Seinfield. The writers for those sitcoms really astonish me with their one-liners and micro-mini flash approach to their shows. It just goes to show you, you can utilize words at their best to convey what you want, in less. And admit it, Monk is one of the best. Who ever thought of a OCD detective? 'Gotta love Tony Shalhoub's acting ability in this role. (Don't forget House!)

"The meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances; if there is a change, both are transformed." --C. G. Jung

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End Animal Cruelty-- non-writing related....

I was sent a link by a friend. It was a video showing the cruelty of Iam's to dogs, made by a Peta undercover member who was sent to spy on Iam's and get the inside scoop of their cruelty to animals and the unnecessary testing. The video is disturbing.

They force feed dogs vegetable oil by cramming a tube down their throats, (why???) cut muscle from their thighs (another why???) and throw them on a cold, concrete floor, and stack them in cages for 23 1/2…


Posted on April 3, 2007 at 2:52pm

Conflicting Synopsis Rules

I was surfing the web, one link carrying me off to another, randomly reading when I came across the "How To Write A Synopsis" plight. Yes, you read that right. "Plight."

I can assure, I spent two or more, cups of morning coffee on getting wrapped up in that subject, jumping from one article to another.

And then, I discovered something. It hit me, actually the caffine probably kicked in and turned on the old brain, some articles are conflicting. Yes, we have the majority…


Posted on March 30, 2007 at 2:41am — 4 Comments


Hello to all. Let me introduce myself to everyone, although I'm not in the classification of most here. I'm a newbie and heard about crimespace through the Short Mystery Fiction Society, and glad I did. This is a great idea for networking and blogging, let alone the invaluable association of like-minded writers.

Who needs a separate blog now that it's combined in the crimespace community? (How many of us will abandon our current blogs or opt to keep them and add this to our…


Posted on March 26, 2007 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

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At 9:46am on April 3, 2007, Jannie Balliett said…
Hi Shane. Yes, his characters and the Golden Retriever got to me. I was so fascinated with Koontz's awesome charaterization that I decided to start writing again. I'm glad I did. So if I ever get my novel published, Koontz is to thanks ;)

Glad you popped in!
At 5:30am on April 3, 2007, Shane Gericke said…
Ooh! Somebody else who loves Dean Koontz's Watchers. One of my favorite novels ever.
At 1:15pm on March 31, 2007, Laura Benedict said…
Oh, I've always wanted a boxer! But Hrothgar was at the pound the day we went, and he's a charmer. There are so many cats on Crimespace--More dogs, I say!
At 2:06pm on March 30, 2007, Jannie Balliett said…
Hi Laura! Congrats on your newest book release! I'm not a published novelist YET-- but would love my thriller LEAVE A WHISPER on Balletine Books label! I love your lab-- I have a Boxer, Roxxie that I should put up here.
At 1:52pm on March 30, 2007, Laura Benedict said…
Hi, Jannie. Thanks for adding me! My daughter and I love to watch Monk, but we're also addicted to Psych--seemed dorky at first, but we were charmed. Nice to meet you! And so nice to hear a ya'll. *sigh* Sounds like home. (Louisville)
At 10:43pm on March 29, 2007, Evelyn David said…
Hi -
Thanks for the warm welcome. The pooch on the cover is not mine, but is actually from England! We've been given permission to use her photo and have devoted a page of the book to Irish Wolfhound rescue groups. (My dog, Clio, is more than a tad miffed that she's not the star of the book.)
I too love Tony Shalhoub and Monk. As you note, it's the ability to use humor to support the storyline that is so impressive. And with just a slightly awkward segue :-) I will point out that "Murder Off the Books" has a story to "die for," characters you'll love, and as Kathryn Wall says, "humor sparkles on every page." I think you'll like it.

I too have a mystery in the freezer. I like the bones of it - and it taught me a lot about plotting, dialogue, character development. Maybe it will sell someday.

Thanks again for the welcome - Evelyn (please visit my web site, www.evelyndavid.com for a sneak peek of the book)
At 10:01am on March 29, 2007, Jannie Balliett said…
Hi Troy, well the hat certainly suits The Earl, and fits his neck of our woods. I mean, have you ever met a man from FW that didn't have a Stetson? He does well for a transplant, huh?

BTW- when I come to a meeting, don't tell anyone I have a Longhorn decal on my car (I plan to park away and walk-hehe) I surely don't want to alienate anyone on my first visit!

Look forward to meeting you ;)
At 8:22am on March 29, 2007, Mark Troy said…
Hi Jannie,
I'll look forward to seeing you at the conference and hope you can make some of the Brazos Writers meetings. Personally, I get more out of the meeting-after-the-meeting on the patio at Ozona, but that's just me. I won't hold it against you that you think of Earl as king. C'mon, that hat?
At 7:53am on March 29, 2007, Jannie Balliett said…
Earl, I can now say I know who Mark Troy is! (apologies to Mark) I feel so stupid knowing his name, but going blank. I'm a member of Brazos Writers Group but joined when I was in Colorado helping my mom, and just recently came back to Texas. So I haven't been to a meeting to put the faces to names. I'm going to try to make it to their mini-con in May. Boy, do I feel dumb...argh!
At 6:27am on March 29, 2007, Jannie Balliett said…
Yeah, it's funny that lil' ol' school has the biggest lil' ol' campus in the US ;) I've heard that name before, but can't put a face to it. Funny thing is, I lived in East Texas many years and have family in Austin, and am a Longhorn fan with a decal on my car. NOT good in Aggie country! And you should see the riff when I carry my cell into the retail store for repairs! I have a Hook em' Horns wallpaper and I think Aggie students work in there part time-- I'm the orange lady. ;) (not maroon)

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